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Peter Fred BERESFORD

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Surname: BERESFORD

Forename(s): Peter Fred

Place of Birth: Hubberholme, Yorkshire

Service No: C/12960

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion / Unit: 21st (Service) Battalion. (Yeoman Rifles)

Division: 41st Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1918-03-30

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: A. 2.

CWGC Cemetery: ST. HILAIRE CEMETERY EXTENSION, FREVENT

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: KETTLEWELL, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Peter Fred Beresford was the son of George and Jane Beresford, née Metcalfe. George was born at Countersett and Jane at Starbotton, Yorkshire. George died in 1905 and Jane married Allan Beresford in 1914.

1901 Deepdale [near Yockenthwaite], Yorkshire Census: Cowside - Peter Fred Beresford, aged 4 years, born Cowside, Buckden, Yorkshire, son of George and Jane Beresford.

1911 Deepdale [near Yockenthwaite], Yorkshire Census: New House - Peter Beresford, aged 14 years, born Buckden, Yorkshire. [Peter was living with his uncle and aunt - Robert and Dorothy Beresford who were brother and sister.]

The British Army Service Record for Peter Fred Beresford exists but may be incomplete.

Peter Fred Beresford attested on 29 November 1915. He was mobilised on 13 December 1915 and posted to the 21st (Service) Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps (Yeoman Rifles), 41st Division, on the 3 January 1916. He served with this battalion until it was disbanded in France on 16 March 1918 on its return from Italy. He was then attached to the 41st Machine Gun Battalion, 41st Division, and served with them for a few days before being mortally wounded.

Peter’s nephew, Private Ernest Francis Beresford, 2824324, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders, lost his life in the Second World War. He was killed in action on 2 November 1942.

A short biography of Peter is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BERESFORD, Lance Corporal Peter Fred, [Starbotton], aged 21, died of wounds.

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L/Corporal Peter Fred BERESFORD

L/Corporal Peter Fred BERESFORD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 41st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 41st Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

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Surname: BERESFORD

Forename(s): Peter Fred

Born: Hubberholme, Yorks

Residence: Settle, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: C/12960

Rank: Rfn (L/Corp)

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion: 21st Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 30/03/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BERESFORD

Forename(s): Peter Fred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: C/12960

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Unit: 21st Bn.

Age: 21

Awards:

Died Date: 30/03/1918

Additional Information: Eldest son of Jane Beresford, of Old Ing Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, Yorks, and the late George Beresford. Native of Cowside, Buckden, Yorkshire. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: TO MEMORY EVER DEAR)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1905

BERESFORD George of High Greenfield Buckden Yorkshire died 22 April 1905 Administration London 23 May to Jane Beresford widow. Effects £795 2s. 10d.

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L/Cpl Peter Fred Beresford

L/Cpl Peter Fred Beresford

© The Royal Green Jackets Association Photographic Site: www.rgiphotos.org.uk (kindly supplied by Seamus Lyons)

St Michael's Churchyard, Hubberholme

St Michael's Churchyard, Hubberholme

Family gravestone

St Michael's Churchyard, Hubberholme

St Michael's Churchyard, Hubberholme

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

05 April 1918

BERESFORD - Died in hospital, on the 30th March from wounds received on the Western Front, Lance-Corporal Peter Fred Beresford. of Starbotton, aged 21 years.

26 April 1918

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE - The Late Private Peter Beresford

A memorial service is to be held at Hubberholme Church next Sunday at 3 p.m. in connection with the reported death of Private Peter Beresford, son of Mrs. Beresford, Old Ing, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, aged 21 years. We hope to give more particulars and a photograph next week.

03 May 1918

STARBOTTON - The Late Lance-Corporal Beresford

As briefly announced last week an official communication has been received that Lance-Corporal Peter Fred Beresford, King's Royal Rifles, son of Mrs. J. Beresford, Old Ing Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, died in hospital at Frevent, France, on March 30th, as the result of wounds received in action, and was buried on Easter Sunday. He was well known in the Dale, and highly thought of. Deep sympathy is felt for the mother and relatives. A special memorial service was held at Hubberholme Church last Sunday afternoon, and was very largely attended. The vicar (Rev. R. F. R. Anderton) pointed out that the gallant young soldier was born in the parish of Hubberholme, baptised in the old church there, and always greatly loved the Dale, and his honoured name kept on the parish Roll of Honour; that his short but right glorious life had shed a lustre on the Dale that would never pass away; that his having been taken from France to fight in Italy, and afterwards recalled to France clearly showed that he was counted amongst his country's best and most valiant defenders. The Vicar also remarked that the interment having taken place on Easter Day, telling of the Resurrection morning, made the closing hymn chosen by the family in the Memorial Service beautifully appropriate:-

On that happy Easter morning
All the graves their dead restore;
Father, sister, child and mother
Meet once more.

14 March 1919

DEATHS

Beresford – March 10th, at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Alan Beresford, late of Old Ing Farm, aged 48 years.

14 March 1919

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE

A GRUESOME DISCOVERY

FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE

On Wednesday afternoon Mr. Edgar Wood, Coroner, held an inquest at Bracken Bottom, touching the death of Alan Beresford. Mr. J. H. Sharp was foreman of the jury.

Mary Dinsdale, wife of Jeffrey Dinsdale, identified the deceased as her brother, aged 48, who had recently been the tenant of Old Ing Farm. He called at her house on Monday morning about 10 30, having brought his horse to the smithy but, as the blacksmith had not arrived, he rode forward to Bracken Bottom. She prepared refreshment for her brother and some five or ten minutes later, having occasion to go out of doors, she saw him lying outside a building. She did not notice any blood. She ran back for her husband, who had just come indoors. Deceased had been somewhat strange for six or eight weeks and seemed rather queer that morning. She had no suspicion of anything untoward happening. He left no letter.

Jeffrey Dinsdale stated that at the request of his wife he went and found deceased lying outside the w.c. bleeding profusely from the neck with a razor at his feet. It was Beresford’s own razor which he must have brought with him. Witness had no reason to think the deceased would harm himself. He last saw him soon after Xmas, and, to his knowledge, he had not made a previous attempt on his life.

Dr. Hyslop deposed that the deceased died from self-inflicted wounds in the throat, the arteries being severed. He saw him professionally some six weeks previous when a complaint was made of pains in the head consequent upon an attack of influenza. No doubt depression was the cause of the rash act.

On the above evidence the jury returned a verdict that “Being of unsound mind, he cut his throat with a razor, inflicting a wound causing almost immediate death.”

Expressions of sympathy with the family are heard on all sides.

28 March 1919

BERESFORD - In ever loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private Fred Beresford, who died from wounds received in action on March 30th, 1918.

"A beautiful memory left behind."

04 April 1919

BERESFORD - In ever loving memory of our dear son and brother, Peter Fred, who died from wounds received in action on March 30th, 1918.

"A beautiful memory left behind."

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